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2017

  • Traditional Fiction: The Virginity of Famous Men by Christine Sneed
  • Indie Fiction: out the door! by M.L. Collins
  • Traditional Nonfiction: Algren: A Life by Mary Wisniewski
  • Indie Nonfiction: Of This Much I’m Sure by Nadine Kenney Johnstone
  • Spirit Award: Suzy Takacs, owner of The Book Cellar and supporter of Chicago writers and the literary community

2016

  • Traditional Fiction: The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay
  • Non-Traditional Fiction: A Bitter Pill to Swallow by Tiffany Gholar
  • Traditional Nonfiction: The Defender by Ethan Michaeli
  • Non-Traditional Nonfiction: Hugh Hefner’s First Funeral and Other True Tales of Love and Death in Chicago by Pat Colander
  • Spirit Award: Donald G. Evans, founder and executive director of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

2015

  • Traditional Fiction: Old Heart by Peter Ferry
  • Non-Traditional Fiction: The Wet Nose of Danger by James Finn Garner
  • Traditional Nonfiction: Empire of Deception by Dean Jobb
  • Non-Traditional Nonfiction: a different kind of same by Kelley Clink
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Karen Thomson, founder and director of Literature for All of Us

2014

  • Traditional Fiction: The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai
  • Non-Traditional Fiction: Carpe Diem, Illinois (A Leo Townsend novel) by Kristin A. Oakley
  • Traditional Nonfiction: Meaty by Samantha Irby
  • Non-Traditional Nonfiction: Famous Ski Hills in Wisconsin by Scott Jacobs

2013

  • Traditional Fiction: Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum
  • Non-Traditional Fiction: 30 Days to Empathy by The 31 and Jay C. Rehak (Editor)
  • Traditional Nonfiction: We Hope You Like This Song by Bree Housley
  • Non-Traditional Nonfiction: Any Road Will Take You There by David W. Berner

2012

  • Traditional Fiction: The Temple of Air by Patricia Ann McNair
  • Non-Traditional Fiction: Coming Out Can Be Murder by Renee James
  • Traditional Nonfiction: Whiskey Breakfast: My Swedish Family, My American Life by Richard C. Lindberg
  • Non-Traditional Nonfiction: Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back by Kelly Farley

2011

  • Traditional Fiction: Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry by Christine Sneed
  • Non-Traditional Fiction: Honk Honk, My Darling: A Rex Koko Private Clown Mystery by James Finn Garner
  • Traditional Nonfiction: Three Wishes: A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Astonishing Luck on our Way to Love and Motherhood by Pamela Ferdinand, Carey Goldberg and Beth Jones
  • Non-Traditional Nonfiction: Giants in the Park: A Guide to Portrait Statues in Chicago’s Lincoln Park by Krista August